Published: Thu, October 12, 2017
Culture&Arts | By Darrell Mcdonald

Trump praises Cowboys owner on National Football League protests

Trump praises Cowboys owner on National Football League protests

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began kneeling during the national anthem before games last year, a move that many NFL teams and players emulated this year to protest racial injustice and police brutality.

Jones is a supporter of President Donald Trump, who has been a vocal critic of the national anthem protests.

The latest musician to join in on the issue is Common, who claimed Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones had a "slave owner mentality" after he threatened to bench any player who protested during the anthem, a new TMZ video shows.

According to a report by ESPN.com, Jones joined players and coaches in a meeting Wednesday, where he said he made his controversial national anthem comments to draw attention from his players.

In the two games since, the players have stood on the sideline with no one kneeling.

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who turns 75 Friday, was born in Inglewood. If they are protesting racial discrimination, that's something that impacts their status as National Football League players.

"If you do not honor and stand for the flag in a way that a lot of our fans think that you should, if that's not the case, then you won't play", Jones said Tuesday on a Dallas radio station.

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But those political motives of kneeling likely would not protect the players from discipline.

Some states have their own First Amendment-style protections, and they can include protection of political speech, Tushnet said.

"If there is anything disrespecting the flag, then we will not play". The law here is that you have the ability to act with your co-worker.

In the meeting, Jones sought to ensure players also saw the bigger picture regarding the business side of the situation, including concerns over TV ratings and sponsors, the source said.

"I'm hoping this doesn't go to hell and back on the labor board", Rathke said.

"This is a workplace issue", Jones said. Around kickoff, Pence wrote on Twitter that he left because he would not "dignify any event that disrespects our soldiers, our Flag, or our National Anthem".

Irving and Moore have not said why they raised their fists at the end of the anthem. And commissioner Roger Goodell sent a letter to teams on Tuesday reiterating the language.

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